Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Mixed Methods Study of Faculty, Staff, and Student Perceptions of Safety at Central Carolina Community College: An Analysis of Gender, Campus Location, and Specific Factors That Influence These Perceptions
by Wicker, Jamie Frances, Ed.D., Wingate University, 2017, 145; 10638523
Abstract (Summary)

This purpose of this mixed methods study was to fill a gap in existing literature related to examining the perceptions of safety for faculty, staff, and students by utilizing data from a single community college in the southeastern United States within a three-county service area. Central Carolina Community College has three campus locations each with a slightly different culture and security model. This study used descriptive statistics and chi-square analysis of quantitative data collected through surveys to explore overall perceptions of safety for faculty, staff, and students. Moreover, this study examined the associations between gender, campus location, and perceptions of safety among faculty, staff, and students. The analysis of the quantitative data revealed a statistically significant association between gender and perception of safety for faculty and staff responses. In addition, analysis of the data revealed a statistically significant association between campus location and perception of safety for student responses. A phenomenological framework and trend analysis of the qualitative data gathered from focus groups and survey comments revealed some of the specific factors identified as influencing the perceptions of safety while on campus as reported by faculty, staff, and students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McKay, John
Commitee: Price, Phillip, Staat, Darrel
School: Wingate University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration, Criminology
Keywords: Campus location, Campus security, Community college, Gender, Mixed methods, North Carolina, Perceptions of safety
Publication Number: 10638523
ISBN: 978-0-355-40531-6
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